The River Instream Flow Stewards program helps people to collect and use streamflow data. RIFLS, as it is known, began in 2002 in response to concerns that many small streams were flow-stressed and that these impacts were not being documented. RIFLS staff work with partners to collect high quality streamflow data, to better understand the causes of unnatural streamflows, and to inform and support policy and actions that restore and maintain environmental flows.
Watershed associations, towns, and individuals across Massachusetts are involved in the RIFLS program. To learn more about where we work and the data we have collected, click here.
Currently DER has four streamflow-related Priority Projects. The Jones River Flow Restoration Project is a good example.